Mayor David Dinkins once referred to New York City and its various ethnicities as being a gorgeous mosaic. It’s a term that can be unerringly applied to singer-songwriter Garland Jeffreys and the modest but no less impressive canon that he’s recorded in the past four plus decades. It’s a description he readily embraces.
“I’m a rocker for sure, but I also have this other kind of jazz vocal style and it probably has something to do with my multiracial nature,” he says with a laugh. “It’s inherent in all my various styles. It’s like I want it all.”
Most of the featured cartoonists are Trudeau contemporaries: Newsday’s Walt Handelsman, the Denver Post’s Mike Keefe, Jimmy Margulies of New Jersey’s The Record, Steve Kelley of New Orleans’ Times-Picayune and the Philadelphia Daily News’ Signe Wilkinson. The work that represents them covers the usual array of contemporary topics—unemployment, the economy and education. In keeping with this tradition of casting a cynical and critical eye at current events, this quintet is following in the footsteps of the final person that rounds out this exhibit—Thomas Nast.
When Elliott Murphy started strumming the first chords of the 1930s Josephine Baker smash “Jai Deux Amours” at the Hotel de Ville, (Paris’s city hall), it may as well have been his own personal anthem. With a main lyric that translates to mean, “I have two loves/my country and Paris,” the song’s theme of an expatriate caught between the City of Light and home is appropriate given the fact that Murphy’s childhood roots have their origins in Garden City.
“I’m totally American but I have found a home here,” he explained on the phone from Europe. “I’ve been here for 22 years. The French have always been very accepting of me and I have a very nice [fan base] here but I always thought I was a little bit below the radar here. This was just great recognition for me.”
After the heavyweight prizefight of the second of three presidential debates, supporters on both sides of the aisle were out in full force in Spin Alley on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Hofstra University. Unsurprisingly, Democrats commended President Barack Obama for coming out strong during the second go-around with challenger Mitt Romney, while Republicans lauded the former Massachusetts governor for what most right-wingers called a formidable performance in the left-leaning state of New York.
What at times mimicked a fight over a turn on the playground slide amongst school children, the two debaters were on the offensive from the get go. This may have been due to their ability to essentially roam freely on the debate hall platform.
“Parents and the old people will remember this—the debates matter. This one coming up on Tuesday and the one last week certainly do,” Matthews declared. “This is either going to have things swing towards Romney or it’s not. A draw will not stop the swing toward Romney. Last week, 67 million people watched the first presidential debate. People will watch to see if Romney will be as good as he was last week. They’re going to watch to see if Obama can come on strong this time. They want to see how Romney is prepared to meet him knowing he’s going to come on headstrong. So it’s going to be quite the climactic event—Romney knowing that Obama has to win and Obama knowing he has to win.”
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